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2021 NFL Draft: Seven potential Day 1 trades that make sense - Chad Reuter

Atlanta Falcons

RECEIVE: No. 27

AND

Baltimore Ravens

RECEIVE: No. 35

Ravens also receive: 2021 fourth-rounder, 2021 fifth-rounder.

As was mentioned earlier, the value at defensive end is in the lower third of the first round this year. Oklahoma’s Ronnie Perkins, Penn State’s Jayson Oweh and Miami’s duo of Jaelan Phillips and Gregory Rousseau could all be around where Baltimore’s set to select.

The Ravens may have interest in one of those players, too, but they could also be motivated to trade out to find value on the edge in a later round. In past drafts, they’ve found linebackers Tyus Bowser (Round 2, 2017), Matt Judon (Round 5, 2016), Za’Darius Smith(Round 4, 2015) and Pernell McPhee (Round 5, 2011) outside the first round. This year, potential selections include Daelin Hayes (Notre Dame), Janarius Robinson (Florida State) and Elerson Smith (Northern Iowa).

Atlanta moves a fourth- and fifth-round pick (they have three in the latter round) to Baltimore in his deal.

Play like a Raven: Levi Onwuzurike - James Ogden

But the guy at the top of the class for me, yes - above Christian Barmore, is Levi Onwuzurike. He is scheme diverse so the 4-3 teams will be looking at him but I think the Ravens and other 3-4 teams will like him more because of his proven ability to two-gap on the Washington defensive line.

What’s most impressive in his pass rush though is when he combines his hands with his excellent lateral movement – it can be devastating to more heavy-legged offensive linemen. He has fast and violent hands, including really tight swim and rip moves which use an economy of motion but are extremely effective. If there was one thing to work on with his hands I’d like to see more accuracy out of the club move that precedes his finishing moves, but I’m nit-picking.

The powerful hands and the elite movement skills, combine with an urgency off the snap that resembles real defensive end-like explosion, and speaking of that – you even see some modest bend and dip from Onwuzurike when they rush him off the edge. He has the requisite interior bull rush strength to push the pocket, using one heavy paw to walk the interior lineman back into his Quarterback’s lap, keeping the other hand free for a potential disengage. I feel comfortable projecting him as a disruptive interior presence at the next level.

Azeez Ojulari is the Baltimore Ravens Perfect 2021 NFL Draft Pick - Ben Ramos-Salsberg

Ojulari may not be the biggest outside linebacker, but he plays bigger than his size. His 34 3/8″ arms and 82 1/2″ wingspan allow him to effectively jab at offensive tackles while his 4.6 speed makes him one of the most explosive players in the entire draft. He has experience playing out of both 2-point and 3-point stance and can drop into coverage. Couple all of these factors together with his positive development in college and you get a player with production, leadership, motor, and three-down athleticism who any team could use as part of their pass-rushing room.

First step-explosiveness is also very important for being an outside linebacker in Martindale’s defense. Baltimore has led the league in blitz percentage every season since Martindale took over and EDGE’s are not simply asked to rush the passer from one end or the other. Having players with the ability to come on the blitz from anywhere on the field make the Ravens defense incredibly hard to read. Ojulari has the skillset to be a perfect chess piece pass-rusher for Martindale’s defense.

2021 NFL Draft WR Superlatives: Best route-runner, freakiest athlete, safest hands and more - Michael Renner

BEST RELEASES: RASHOD BATEMAN, MINNESOTA

This one could have been Smith too, but Bateman has the added physical element to get off the line of scrimmage. It’s why we feel so strongly about him as WR4 on the PFF draft board. His release package is NFL-ready, and it’s why he led the country in yards per route from the outside as a true sophomore in 2019.

BEST HANDS: AUSTIN WATKINS, UAB

Watkins isn’t going to win any athleticism contests, and he may be a late-rounder, but I’m not sure there’s an argument to be made for anyone else here. Watkins caught 99 balls with only one drop in his UAB career and went a ridiculous 19-of-31 in contested situations for his career. The man has ball skills for days. His separation ability doesn’t quite match up, but if it’s in his vicinity, he’s coming down with it.

2021 NFL mock draft 1.0: Pats trade up for Justin Fields, Cardinals go get Kyle Pitts - Peter Schrager

Pick 27

Baltimore Ravens

Caleb Farley

Virginia Tech · CB

The Ravens have a great, young defensive backfield. They’re not done adding to it. Farley, who is only available at this point because of health concerns, combines 4.4 speed with good NFL size. Wink Martindale and the Ravens’ D will find a way to make him shine even brighter than he did in college.

Ravens Mock Draft 2021: Can Baltimore set themselves up for a Super Bowl run? - Ben Rolfe

Ravens Post-Free Agency 7-Round Mock Draft

Round 1, Pick 27: Zaven Collins, LB, Tulsa

Round 2, Pick 58: Landon Dickerson, C, Alabama

Round 3, Pick 104: Ihmir Smith-Marsette, WR, Iowa

Round 4, Pick 131: Chuba Hubbard, RB, Oklahoma State

Round 5, Pick 171: Richard LeCounte, S, Georgia

Round 5, Pick 184: Josh Ball, OT, Marshall

Round 6, Pick 210: Simi Fehoko, WR, Stanford